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History of Harry Chapin

History of Harry Chapin

Harry Chapin was a popular folk/rock music performer (you may remember "Cat's in the Cradle" or "Taxi") who donated proceeds from every other concert to end hunger.

He co-founded the organization WhyHunger and was awarded a Congressional Gold Metal for his outstanding humanitarian efforts. Harry Chapin died in a car accident in 1981 at the age of 39. In 1994, Sandy Chapin, Harry's widow, gave permission for his name to be used by the food bank. The Harry Chapin food bank is proud to honor a man who contributed his talent, treasure and energy to alleviating hunger. His legacy lives on.

He also established the hunger hotline in New York City (a service that remains open for all hungry people in the city) and the Long Island Cares Food Bank, where his widow, Sandy, still serves on the board of directors.

In 1981, Harry died suddenly and tragically in an automobile crash on the Long Island Expressway. He was scheduled to complete another benefit concert that night.

Our food bank's name was changed to The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida in 1994, when a board member and a friend of the late singer received permission from Chapin's family.

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